Baseball group enlists community for team name ideas


POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:46pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:48pm

The MountainStar Sports Group needs your help naming the city's new baseball team. They've launched a name that team contest, asking El Paso folks to come up with their own ideas.

"I mean it gives them fresh new ideas and stuff like that,” said a local El Pasoan.

Another thought it was a good idea to ask others for ideas.

"It's a good idea to involve the community,” said Estefany Ramos.

There are a few criteria, like creativity and popularity of the name.

"El Paso centric and they reflect the nuances and the fun that is minor league baseball," said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford.

But its not as easy as it seems. Andrea Liano wanted to get it just right.

"Ummmm," said Liano.

So she took a minute to think.

"It needs to communicate what the experience of what going to a game at the El Paso new downtown ballpark is going to be about," said Ledford.

"The El Paso bandits. It's just got a good ring to it," said a UTEP student.

"I don't really watch sports," said one El Pasoan who couldn't think of a fitting name, but thought the idea was great.

While not everyone could think of a good name off the top of their heads, plenty chimed in online.

The MountainStar Sports Group said within a couple hours, they already had tons of creative ideas.

"I didn't know we had so many baseball fans. I mean it's a start," said a coffee drinker at Kinley's coffee house.

Some of our Facebook fans thought of El Paso Dust Devils, El Paso Sun Kings, Border Boys and Sun City outlaws to name a few.

But still, good ideas are hard to find. Liano was still thinking of her perfect name.

"I don't know I'm trying to think of something," said Liano.

MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford says the team name needs to be, something that El Pasoans will enjoy as characteristic of their hometown.

"It needs to reflect El Paso, can be representative of this community because the team will be the centerpiece of a lot of things related to the community," said Ledford.

Finally Liano's got it.

"The sun city natives," said Liano.

MountainStar Sports Group will make the final team name decision and announce it mid August.

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